Christian Bale Was in India for The Dark Knight Rises; New Photos of "Lazarus Pit" and Josh Pence as Ra's al Ghul
05.10.11 by BJSprecher
Last week, the unofficial "Official The Dark Knight Rises community" Facebook page contributed to a bit of controversy in the comic book movie fan community by reporting that title star Christian Bale had been spotted in Jodhpur, India, during the first day of filming on director Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, despite information to the contrary from the HindustanTimes. No corroborating evidence turned up to support the rumor over the weekend, but TheTimesOfIndia reported yesterday that Bale shot a scene where his character, Bruce Wayne, was "carried into" and then came "jumping out of" the green screen "Lazarus Pit" that was first glimpsed last week. It's said that he even left the set to venture into public areas when not shooting, but went unrecognized due to the fact he he wore a cap and had a beard. Bale apparently accompanied Nolan and actor Josh Pence on a chartered flight out of India on Monday.
Now, the "community," which was criticized by some for failing to back up its claim that Bale was in India, has delivered to the fans some hard evidence about Nolan's Indian shoot in the form of several new "spy" photos. Included in the collection by photographer Mehul Gohil are two new close-up shots of the green screen "Lazarus Pit" that was first revealed on Friday, a shot taken inside the Mehrangarh Fort depicting the "training arena" of the (presumably) League of Shadows, and last, but certainly not least, the first shot of Pence as a young Ra's al Ghul, the character played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins.
The Dark Knight Rises was written by Nolan's brother, Jonathan, from an idea conceived by Nolan and David S. Goyer. The movie's plot remains a mystery at this time, though Nolan has frequently discussed his desire to wrap up the story begun in Batman Begins, which would explain the return of Ra's al Ghul and the League of Shadows. The cast includes Morgan Freeman, Sir Michael Caine, Nestor Carbonell, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Juno Temple, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Sunjata, Diego Klattenhoff, and Burn Gorman.